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  • The Lincoln Memorial
    The Lincoln Memorial
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    Washington Monument

    by jennifermueller Written Oct 27, 2003

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    Monument at Sunset

    People wait hours to go to the top of the Washington Monument.

    Unique Suggestions: The good news is that in nice weather, there will always be frisbee and soccer players and joggers to watch while you wait. Arrive early to get your ticket.

    Fun Alternatives: I understand the view from the top of the Old Post Office Pavillion (located at 12th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, - Federal Triangle Metro Stop) is nearly as good without the wait.

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    Protests are common

    by jennifermueller Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    Bush V. Gore - 2000

    As the seat of our national democracy, Washington DC is a frequent scene of protests and rallys. While rarely dangerous, the crowds can be overwhelming.

    Unique Suggestions: Keep an eye on the local news so you are prepared for protests when they happen. Sometimes you'll want to go around, other times you'll want to go through. Who knows, maybe you'll learn somthing interesting.

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    Waiting in Lines @ White House & Capitol Hill

    by Wilson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Waiting in the long lines at the White House or Capitol Hill are tourist traps. Instead, contact your local Congress rep or Senator to request a VIP tour. You generally need to make these requests 6 months in advance, but you will get a much better tour of both places, they are free, and you will avoid the hour long lines.

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    The Lincoln Memorial Gift Shop

    by tspeegle09 Written Jun 30, 2008
    The Lincoln Memorial

    This shop is actually located INSIDE the Memorial, and it's about the size of a shoebox. Thousands of people visit the Lincoln Memorial each day, and it is not pretty when they try to cram into that tiny place all at once. Trust me, and just skip this one. There are better places to buy souvenirs.

    Unique Suggestions: Okay, you never HAVE to go to the gift shop. So just don't go.

    Fun Alternatives: Shop for souvenirs in Old Town instead.

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    Elevator to the Tip of Washington Monument

    by tspeegle09 Written Jun 30, 2008
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    Tickets are timed, and there is always a ridiculously long line, and to be truthful you can see the Washington Monument from just about any major road in D.C....not to mention if you fly in or out of the National Airport. No need to take the elevator up. Save your time and money for a more worthwhile activity.

    Unique Suggestions: Visiting the Washington Monument is a worthwhile experience, just don't bother with the elevator.

    Fun Alternatives: Explore the National Mall at your own leisurely pace and don't waste time waiting around for boring tours or trips up elevators.

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    Mall at Summertime

    by miclev21 Written Jun 13, 2006

    Go during the windy, cold winter when you can. Check musuem hours though. Most close by 4 or 5. If going during the summer; GO EARLY and take metro. Don't fight traffic. or park near the White House and WALK! Remember everything is free.

    Unique Suggestions: Walk around the mall.....from top to bottom.

    Fun Alternatives: Near Dulles; Air and Space Museum.

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